Google Quietly Releases Google Maps Updates for Android and Android Auto

Google has just released new versions for Google Maps on Android and, of course, these updates are also good news for Android Auto users.
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Google Maps is the number one navigation app on Android Auto right now, while the second most-used app on the platform is Waze, another Google-owned navigation solution that users can install on their Android devices and mirror on car screens.

As far as Google Maps is concerned, the Mountain View-based search giant keeps working on polishing the experience even further, so in addition to the major updates that land at a slow pace, it also ships minor improvements that get the go-ahead much more often.

May has been a rather busy month for the Google Maps team, with several updates shipped throughout the last few weeks, and today it’s time for another round of improvements for both the stable and the beta channels.

The latest versions of Google Maps for Android (and Android Auto) are 10.43.0 beta and 10.41.5 stable – note that the beta build is only available for those participating in the testing program; you can, however, give it a try using the download links below.

As for what’s new in these releases, Google hasn’t provided such information, but worth checking out is the new beta, which is the first build of the 10.43 version. The previous Google Maps beta was 10.41.0, dated May 13, so there’s a chance Google has included a little bit more than the typical under-the-hood refinements and bug fixes.

Needless to say, you shouldn’t go for the beta on your daily driver unless you’re ready for a bunch of bugs and performance issues. Otherwise, just stick with the stable build that’s supposed to provide the most refined experience overall.

You can download Google Maps (stable and beta) using the APK installer links here, and circle back for follow-up articles for more information on what’s included when such details are available.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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